[Seth-Trips] U.S. v. Elcomsoft hearing, San Jose, Monday morning

Seth David Schoen schoen at loyalty.org
Sun Mar 31 23:44:29 PST 2002

You have to get up really early for this, but I'm planning to.  This
is Dmitry Sklyarov's employer.

You can get there on public transit, but I think it's not particularly


   San Jose, California - On Monday, April 1, 2002, Judge Whyte of the
   Northern District of California Federal Court will hear arguments on
   Russian software firm Elcomsoft's motion to dismiss the criminal
   charges leveled against it under likely unconstitutional provisions of
   the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Elcomsoft is charged with
   offering a tool that circumvents the copy protection in Adobe eBooks,
   allowing fair, noninfringing use by eBook purchasers.

   Although the government has largely dropped its charges against
   Elcomsoft employee Dmitry Sklyarov, the company remains under criminal
   prosecution, presenting a chance for the court to look closely into
   the constitutional problems with the DMCA. The Electronic Frontier
   Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus brief in support of Elcomsoft as did
   over 35 law professors.

   The hearing is open to the public, and the EFF would like to see a
   strong showing of support for Elcomsoft and opposition to the DMCA's
   unconstitutionality. Attendees should dress respectfully to keep from
   disrupting the legal proceedings.

   When: 9:00 a.m., April 1, 2002 [Note: Despite the date, this is an
   actual hearing.]

   Where: United States Courthouse, 280 South 1st Street, San Jose,
   California, 95113

   Courtroom: 4th Floor, Courtroom 6

Seth Schoen
Staff Technologist                                schoen at eff.org
Electronic Frontier Foundation                    http://www.eff.org/
454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA  94110     1 415 436 9333 x107

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